December 7, 2021: “On my mind” plus more “Boston Museum quilts”

Greetings dear readers! I’ve been wanting to mention something for a while. Some time ago Barb Vedder (“Fun With Barb” blog – link on the right side of my blog) wrote that discovering glue basting for applique was ”life changing” for her. That caught my attention! I had always thread basted and never tried glue. Barb recommended I try it and she gave me a bottle of what she uses when we met at the quilt museum in Lowell, MA this spring to see our friend Wendy Reed’s exhibit.

This is a great little container for applying tiny dots of the glue and you can buy it from her if you’re interested. I used the glue basting technique for the last 2 borders of leaves for Maple Leaf Rag and now am using it for the leaves for the 4th border for Stormy Weather. I’M HOOKED!! It is definitely faster, very little glue is needed, it doesn’t create any significant stiffness, and there are no basting stitches to remove. I glued 50 leaves and 42 berries on a border (iron after gluing) and not one piece fell off during 2 weeks of stitching with lots of handling and twisting of the fabric. Even when one has been quilting for years, it’s good to try different/new techniques. It’s good to be open to possible improvements in technique and to new creative ideas. Thank you Barb!

I’ve been working on the Christmas quilt for my granddaughter, Svetlana:

The pieces are all cut and I’m slowly sewing parts together. What you see above is all of it except the outer solid blue border; it’s small – about 48 inches square. I’m pretty sure she’ll love it!

Fall color is gone🙁. I see mostly browns, grays, and piney greens, but they have their own beauty and I seek out that beauty during the winter. It’s been getting colder and yesterday the pond had a thin layer of ice on it:

On a recent walk, I finally got a good photo of my new neighbor, Molly 😊:

I’ve had a subscription for several years to ”The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims – well worth it, much to enjoy. Every year they have a BOM project that lasts the year and the patterns are free to subscribers. I’ve never participated, but the new one just announced for 2022 is tempting. It’s by Irene Blanck. Here’s a shot from her Instagram account:

There are classes on the show periodically throughout the year, led by Barbara Black and she also gives instructions and tips on her blog throughout the year. Here’s Barbara’s quilt with her own fabrics – a bit brighter:

Again – very tempting!! BUT – I don’t think I want to take on another project with a lot of applique right now🙂. I definitely need to focus on finishing some of my current big projects in 2022 and I’m itching to do some machine piecing – probably FPP – but not sure what yet. As a ”Quilt Show” subscriber, I at least get to download this pattern and hold it for some time in the future!

The Christmas tree is up!

A couple of my favorite ornaments are the piano and accordion. The ”book worm” is new and a gift from my son and partner:

Today I’m sharing several more quilts from the ”Fabric Of A Nation” exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts – up until mid January. Let’s start with this vibrant one from the 1930’s:

This was a fascinating one made of movie camera film; the film images are part of the art:

Molly Upton’s iconic piece is in the exhibit; I don’t think the photos convey well the large size of the piece which adds to its impact:

And here is Molly’s friend’s work:

Another of the Gees Bend pieces:

This one was exhibited a few years ago at the museum when they showed quilts from the Pilgrim-Roy collection. I love the bold colors!

Here’s one of 2 lovely coverlets in the exhibition:

Somehow I forgot to photograph the information card, but here are some closeups:

I’ll close this post with a gorgeous red, green, and white Carolina Lily – the colors are right for the Christmas season:

This was one of my favorite traditional quilts in the exhibit. If I had another lifetime, I’d love to reproduce it! At the very least, the holiday season has got me feeling like I want to make a red, green, and white quilt… guarantee one will get started in the near future😊.

Hoping all of you are enjoying the holiday season!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

14 thoughts on “December 7, 2021: “On my mind” plus more “Boston Museum quilts”

  1. Wendy C Reed December 7, 2021 / 2:51 pm

    I’m so glad you like Barb’s method. I have tried it once and it was easy. I just haven’t had enough time to practice more. I generally don’t prep my applique so I have a whole new ballgame to learn. I might even try it on my borders for the Bird’s Nest Soup. I think your granddaughter will flip over this delightful quilt. Love that print! Your Christmas tree is gorgeous. Your room looks so warm and inviting. I wish you and Al a very Merry Christmas.

    • gladiporsche December 7, 2021 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks Wendy. I very much like prepared edge appliqué now; one advantage is less sitting as the prep work is done standing. I recommend trying it. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  2. Robin December 7, 2021 / 3:08 pm

    Delightful post! I love your tree. It looks so festive and charming. That “Spectrum” quilt took my breath away. Such a spectacular quilt for the times. I want to make another Christmas quilt too. I keep making them and giving them away. I need to keep one for myself. The Carolina Lily is really tempting.

    • gladiporsche December 7, 2021 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you Robin! I look forward to my Christmas tree every year; definitely has to be a real one and I have a lot of ornaments with special meaning.

  3. Carmen N December 7, 2021 / 4:15 pm

    I love glue basting my appliqué pieces! I do soak my completed appliqué blocks in water to remove the glue and starch before sewing them to my quilt. I also carry a small bottle of water(a recycled eye drop bottle) with my appliqué supplies. If I happen to have a spot where I have applied too much glue and it is hard to stitch through, I can put a drop of water on the spot and it softens right up. I so appreciate the photos that you share. So much inspiration in every blog post!

    • gladiporsche December 7, 2021 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you Carmen for the tip about dabbing on a drop of water for spots that inadvertently get too much glue! That does occasionally happen and I plan to try this tip! Thanks for your kind words about my blog!

  4. Marie Tymrak December 7, 2021 / 9:46 pm

    Thank you for the varied themes including your natural, chilly, world, the basting technique and holiday decorations. I loved the 1933 “Spectrum” quilt by Matthews. Still amazing design & colors. Thx

    • gladiporsche December 13, 2021 / 2:17 am

      Thank you Marie! Heads up – I might make it to Phoenix to the annual quilt show this coming March, depending on the Covid situation. Any chance you might be there?

  5. marissthequilter December 8, 2021 / 12:04 pm

    Thank you for another rich and interesting post. Glad you found that glue-trick and I am sure your granddaughter is going to be thrilled with her Christmas quilt

    • gladiporsche December 13, 2021 / 2:17 am

      Thanks Mariss, as always, for your comments!

  6. audrey December 9, 2021 / 11:18 pm

    Thank you for the lovely quilt show! So much detailed work, love it!:)

    • gladiporsche December 13, 2021 / 2:18 am

      Thanks for commenting!

  7. barbvedder December 10, 2021 / 2:26 pm

    I’m so glad the glue basting is working for you. I too used to sew baete my applique. I still occasionally sew baste on the machine when I’m using shapes that don’t accommodate prepared edges.
    what a nice Christmas gift – she’ll love it.
    More great quilts from Boston. I LOVE the lily quilt.
    Your tree is lovely.

    • gladiporsche December 13, 2021 / 2:19 am

      Thanks for commenting, Barb, and thanks again for getting me started with glue basting!

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